A huge storm while they were sailing Canada to Greenland resulted in a broken engine; they had to fight 70km/hr winds through the Bering Strait; and they were kept busy with fixing leaks.
Canada in 2011 and finishing in Nome, Alaska this month.
With their 29 ft wooden yacht dubbed Teleport, Chris and Jess split their 5500 nautical mile (about 1,100km) journey over two years, beginning in Halifax, Adidas High Tops On Feet
Northwest Passage: the 'Everest of sailing'Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Canadian Arctic, the Northwest Passage is ice bound and poorly charted, earning it the title of the 'Everest of sailing'. It was first navigated by Polar adventurer Ronald Amundsen in 1903 1906.
"I was never completely sure we'd make it, but that fear and realisation I guess is what kept us on our toes so much and working so carefully and hard to ensure we survived," Chris says.
Challenges of the Northwest PassageBut the trip was not all smooth sailing. The couple came across a number of major challenges, including the ever present fear of running into an iceberg if they didn't keep a good enough watch.
"As our yacht's so small, we'd for sure get beaten up on the way even, if we did try and race through without stopping. So by breaking it into two meant it was much safer, and being photographers, the whole point of being up in such a magic part of the world is to explore and experience it, the wildlife, the people, the landscape."
The beauty of the ArcticDespite the challenges the beauty of the landscape and wildlife and a surprise wedding proposal to Jess made up for the hardships.
Aussie adventurers Adidas Womens Energy Boost 2 Esm Running Shoes sail the Northwest Passage
YOUNG AUSTRALIANS CHRIS BRAY, 29, and fianc Jess Taunton, 24, have successfully sailed the dangerous Northwest Passage across the top of Canada and Alaska in a 'junk rigged' yacht.
There were also times when they thought they would not be able to complete the journey. Adidas Energy Boost 2 Solar Slime
"Jess and I are adventurers at heart, and I'd already fallen in love with the Arctic from my two previous expeditions there. This was a great excuse to go back and experience it in a completely different way, and have an amazing adventure [and] challenge," Chris says.
Jess had also never been sailing and had to deal Adidas James Harden Price
With one failed and one successful expedition across Canada's Victoria Island with Clark Carter, Chris is not new to the Arctic, so in 2008 when the opportunity to buy and sail a junk rig yacht from Canada came up he jumped on the chance.
"All the wildlife we experienced along the way, for sure, was the highlight. Also all the wonderfully friendly and interesting people we met, and the beauty of the landscapes. It's just such a stunning part of the world.
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